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Living Learning Communities

For some first-year students, coming to college can be a tough transition.  We understand that the university campus can feel very large, so we have intentionally designed smaller themed communities within our residence halls.  Being part of one of these themed communities allows you to move into a residence hall where you already know that you’ll have something in common with all of your neighbors.  The Residence Life staff members who run each residence hall intentionally partner with faculty and staff from across the university to provide fun programs and academic help for the students living in these halls, all based around the theme of that community.

These special themed communities are called Living Learning Communities, or LLCs, and each of our first-year LLCs is described below.  Each LLC is located on one or two floors of a different one of our first-year residence halls.

When you apply for housing, you can apply for up to two of the first-year LLCs.  You will be asked to submit a short essay answering the following two questions: What do you hope to gain by being part of this Living Learning Community, and what do you plan to contribute to this Living Learning Community?

When housing assignments are available (July 1) you will also receive an email through your university email account if you are accepted into one of our Living Learning Communities.

Any questions about our Living Learning Communities can be directed to the First Year Center at 207-581-1420.

Any questions about the housing application can be directed to Housing Services at 207-581-4580.

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First Year Experience
016 Androscoggin Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: 207-581-1420 | Fax: 207-581-4255E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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